Badri (2001 film)
|Directed by||P. A. Arun Prasad|
|Produced by||B. Sivarama Krishna|
|Music by||Ramana Gogula
Devi Sri Prasad
|Editing by||N. Hari|
|Studio||Sri Venkateswara Art Films|
|Release dates||April 12, 2001|
|Running time||160 mins|
Badri is a 2001 Indian Tamil–language sports action film directed by P. A. Arun Prasad, which is a remake of his 1999 Telugu film Thammudu. The film stars Vijay in the leading role as a spoilt college brat who turns into a kickboxer to prove himself. Bhumika Chawla and Monal are the leading ladies, while Dhamu and Vivek play supporting roles. The film's soundtrack was composed by Ramana Gogula while the background score was composed by Devi Sri Prasad. The film released on 12 April 2001 to positive reviews and was declared a super hit.
Badri (Vijay) is the youngest son of a family and a careless guy, always going around girls and enjoying with them. His womanizing habits are a source of heartburn for his father (Kitty). However, his elder brother, Vetri (Riyaz Khan), a kickboxer and his father's favourite son, is very fond of him. Janu (Bhumika Chawla), Badri's neighbour, is in love with him, but it is just one sided as Badri considers her a good friend and a source of money and cars to impress girls (Janu's father is a garage owner). He falls in love with Mamathi (Monal), a rich girl, and poses as a rich guy to impress her. However, she soon finds out Badri has lied to her. Mamathi dumps Badri and insults him in front of his father. Badri's father, tired of his son's antics, disowns him. Later Vetri is attacked by his enemies and is bedridden, unable to take part in the kickboxing championship. Badri decides to fight for his brother and to redeem himself in his father's eyes by fighting in the championship match against Rohit (Bhupinder Singh), who happens to be Mamathi's new boyfriend. He defeats Rohit, redeems himself in front of his father's eyes and finally accepts Janu's love.
- Vijay as Sribadrinathamoorthy aka Badri
- Bhumika Chawla as Janaki aka Janu
- Monal as Mamathi
- Bhupinder Singh as Rohit
- Kitty as Badri's father
- Malaysia Vasudevan as Janaki's father
- Riyaz Khan as Vetrinath aka Vetri
- Anu Mohan
- Shihan Hussaini
Badri, produced by Sri Venkateswara Art Films, was announced in August 2000 and was slated to be remake of the Telugu film Thammudu starring Pawan Kalyan. Arun Prasad, who directed the original, reprises his role as did the composer Ramana Gogula. Most of the other technicians were also taken from Tollywood. Art director G. K. hired 200 technicians to create a high tech complex in Vahini studios for the film. When first announced, it was reported that Vijay would essay dual lead roles, although this claim later proved to be untrue. Bhupinder Singh was also selected to reprise his role from the original version as Rohit, the antagonist.
During the filming of a pivotal scene in the "Travelling Soldier" song, Vijay allowed a car to run over his fingers and the shot was canned with three cameras, with the scene attracting media attention. Martial arts expert Shihan Husseini helped with the production and features in the film in a guest appearance. Other scenes were shot at Amir Mahal in Chennai.
The film opened to positive reviews from reviewers. The Hindu reported that the film "clearly reveals the diligence and sincerity of Vijay". The reviewer also praises that debutant Bhumika Chawla gives "a dignified portrayal", while that Monal "needs to work on her expressions".
|Soundtrack album by Ramana Gogula|
|Genre||Feature film soundtrack|
|Ramana Gogula chronology|
The soundtrack of the film was composed by Ramana Gogula who composed the original film and reused all the tunes making his debut in Tamil and notably remains his first and only Tamil film he had worked so far, was well received by the audience. The lyrics were penned by Palani Bharathi.
|Angel||K. S. Chithra, Devi Sri Prasad|
|King of Chennai||Devi Sri Prasad|
|Salaaam Maharaasa||Devan, Priya|
|Stella Maris||Tippu, Vivek, Dhamu|
|Travelling Soldier||Ramana Gogula|
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